By previous standards, it wouldn’t be considered a meal. It isn’t always consumed at traditional meal times or eaten at a table. But according to those between the ages of 18 and 35 (Millennials), it contributes to their daily nutritional needs and functions as a meal.
What is it?
It is a healthy snack. Millennials are eating a lot of snacks. 92 percent of individuals recently surveyed by Surveygoo said they replace a meal with a snack at least once a week. 50 percent do it four times a week and 26 percent, do it seven times per week. That is a lot of snacking.
Since Millennials are now the largest segment of the population in the U.S. workforce, Chicago employers need to reexamine their break room snack, beverage, and food options. At the top of the list of preferred ingredients for healthy snacks are whole grains, real fruit pieces, and nuts. These healthy ingredients are not just beneficial for Millennials. They are better for everyone. When researching different healthy snack options for your employees, here are three things to consider:
- Will it stop hunger between meals?
- Will it help me to stay hydrated?
- Will it help me to manage my health and diet?
Refuel or Energy Pick-Me-Up
- Will it give me an energy boost?
- Will it increase my mental focus?
- Will it help decrease stress?
- Whole Grains (oats, brown rice, millet, and quinoa)
- Plant-Based Proteins (legumes, nuts, and seeds)
- Fruits and Vegetables (berries, apple, and sweet potato)
- Low in Sugar
Each of these areas can offer benefits when considered on their own. However, when they are considered as a group, the benefits can reach even further. A snack with healthy ingredients that fulfills nutritional needs, keeps an employee hydrated, and improves mental focus positively impacts that individual’s health as well as increases creativity and productivity. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Have you considered including healthy snacks in your Chicago office break room? Whether you are just beginning your office break room journey or would like to update your vending machine or Food Room selections, we can help you with that. Contact Mark Vend at (847) 291-9216 for more information.